Since it’s the month of non-fiction, I’ve decided in today’s post I’m going to highlight a few true crime books that are hugely popular, and I definitely should have read by now, considering how much I love true crime!
This isn’t part of any schedule for Nonfiction November, I just wanted to do my own post to celebrate reading non-fiction!
Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt
I hadn’t heard of this case before watching the documentary West of Memphis. This case is infamous and gathered attention from all over the world, with tons of celebs coming forward to support the young boys who had been wrongfully convicted of murder. It’s like the original Making a Murderer story (but I personally find this story far more upsetting, although they’re of course both terrible!)
This case was a witch hunt. I cried throughout the documentary and I’m sure I’ll cry throughout the book too. Even though I know the story I still think the book will be a really interesting, heart-wrenching and angering read.
This case was also made into a movie called Devil’s Knot.
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
When I first started up my blog, this was a book I discovered on Netgalley and have been wanting to read ever since! I don’t like to get too political on social media, but as someone who lives in the UK, I really can’t understand the (lack of) gun laws in the US.
This sounds like a really powerful book on gun violence. It focuses on children and teens who have been victims of gun crime so I can imagine it’s going to be a tear-jerker.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Talk about one of the most famous true crime books of all time, right? For some reason, when buying new books, this one never pops to mind. It’s been on my TBR for years but it’s one of those books I always forget about.
The reviews for this one tell a fantastic story for this novel. I really must pick this one up soon!
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Another uber famous true crime book! I’ve been listening to My Favorite Murder a lot and they mention this book in the podcast, which reminded me this is another one of those true crime novels I really want to pick up!
I’ve even recommended this book to people looking for true crime novels without having read it! I just have that much faith it’s a good read. It seems crazy to think Ann Rule was friends with Ted Bundy without realising what a monster he was. But I suppose that’s why sociopaths are so terrifying, they’re superb at blending in.
So there we have it! Those are a few of the true crime books on my TBR that I’m desperate to read.
Have you read any of these? What true crime do you want to read?